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    Pamela DiFrancesco

ISBN: 9781605425818
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The Devils That Have Come To Stay

by: Pamela DiFrancesco

A tale that turns the American western on its head

California, late 1848. A nameless saloonkeeper has been alone for months while his wife, Joanna, is in Coloma caring for her ailing mother. Joanna’s letters, which tell of her mother’s nervous health crisis and the destruction of the surrounding land, have become darker and stranger. Meanwhile, the saloonkeeper witnesses several unexplainable events—voices speaking in strange languages in places where he sees only familiar faces, the mysterious death of a creekful of fish, a Stranger with a mouthful of gold teeth, and a dying Native American man who trails white feathers everywhere he goes.

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A native of Pennsylvania coal country, Pamela DiFrancesco moved at the age of eighteen to New York City, where the streets and lofts of pre-Bloomberg Bushwick took her in. With no family money or support, she put herself through college, doing whatever it took to get by. Overcoming incredible personal odds, she completed her first novel on a forty-year-old Olympia typewriter. In addition to The Devils That Have Come to Stay, DiFrancesco’s recently published work includes features in The Carolina Quarterly, who nominated a story for the Best American Mystery Writing anthology, Monkeybicycle, and New Ohio Review.
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A tale that turns the American western on its head

 

California, late 1848. A nameless saloonkeeper has been alone for months while his wife, Joanna, is in Coloma caring for her ailing mother. Joanna’s letters, which tell of her mother’s nervous health crisis and the destruction of the surrounding land, have become darker and stranger. Meanwhile, the saloonkeeper witnesses several unexplainable events—voices speaking in strange languages in places where he sees only familiar faces, the mysterious death of a creekful of fish, a Stranger with a mouthful of gold teeth, and a dying Native American man who trails white feathers everywhere he goes.

 

The fields of Sutter’s Fort, near where Joanna is staying, haunt the saloonkeeper’s dreams, and soon he decides he must leave the sanctuary of his saloon and travel to her. Caught up in a journey north, the saloonkeeper witnesses the sometimes horrifying, senselessly violent shifting Gold Rush landscape. Amidst the chaos, he finds his only refuge in thoughts of Joanna. But when his troubled past emerges in glimpses he struggles to repress, the nameless traveler is left with a decision that will change not only his life but the lives of everyone around him.

Details

ISBN: 9781605425818
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2015
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"Pamela DiFrancesco’s The Devils That Have Come to Stay explores the nature of greed and brutality. Its witness is never named, leaving this reader feeling slightly unmoored. It’s appropriate, for the bartender can never trust what his eyes show him. DiFrancesco’s acid Western is an intriguing combination of Jack London and Stephen King.” —Historical Novel Society “It is suspenseful, and you can tell the author did her research on mining in late 19th-century California. It’s the amount of care that was put into creating this story that makes it worth reading. Our nameless hero is three-dimensional and relatable, a great lead.” —Kelly Smith “This book is a real bird's-eye view of the gold rush. It captures a tumultuous time in California history: 'gold fever.' I am from the area and have been to these historic sites. In fact, my husband was a blacksmith docent in Coloma years ago. I think the book is quite poetically written.” —Library Thing​